Celebrate 25 years of Duke Nukem 3D with this special trailer

Hail to the king by looking back at this special trailer for Duke Nukem 3D's 25th anniversary.


Last week, everyone at Shacknews gathered around to celebrate the site's 25th anniversary. While it started off life as a Quake fansite, the community's fandom extended far beyond that. There are many games from that era that helped build Shacknews into what it is today. One of them is Duke Nukem 3D, which is also celebrating its 25th anniversary. Let's take a look back at the game that helped launch Duke into the PC gaming stratosphere.

On this day 25 years ago, Duke Nukem 3D's version 1.3d was released, marking the official completion of the project. Duke Nukem is one of the pioneers of PC gaming, along with the original Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein. Fans remember the game for its first-person shooting, its destructible environments, its freedom of movement, and its arsenal of weaponry.

Of course, the game is also remembered for Duke himself. After spending the first few Duke Nukem games as more of a silent protagonist, Duke came into his own in this third game, becoming more of a 90s action hero. He was part Arnold, part Stallone, and part Bruce Campbell. He was Deadpool long before the character ever jumped from the comic pages to the big screen. And, of course, he was part Clint Eastwood, as voice actor Jon St. John based his performance on Eastwood's classic, Dirty Harry.

We'll be celebrating Duke Nukem 3D's 25th anniversary throughout the day. Be sure to drop by the Shacknews Twitch channel later today, as we play some Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour. In the meantime, if you like reading about anniversaries, be sure to catch up with everything we did to celebrate the Shacknews 25th Anniversary.

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    April 19, 2021 6:00 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Celebrate 25 years of Duke Nukem 3D with this special trailer

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      April 19, 2021 6:08 AM

      What sound card produced the theme in the beginning? It doesn't sound like a Sound Blaster.

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      April 19, 2021 6:58 AM

      Right up there with Warcraft 3 and TFC as one of the defining gaming experiences of my teenage years.

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      April 19, 2021 7:00 AM

      That game was so stupidly fun. It was cheesy as hell, but I really dug the interactivity that it had. Just the opening level had so many crazy things that we hadn't seen yet in an FPS.

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        April 19, 2021 9:26 AM

        Agreed. We played Duke match for hundreds of hours in high school, it was so much fun.

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      April 19, 2021 7:12 AM

      Jumping past Duke 1 and 2?

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      April 19, 2021 5:21 PM


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      April 19, 2021 11:16 PM

      Super long shot here, but does anyone remember a PC print mag (Next Gen? PC Gamer?) that released a demo disc with a Duke Nukem music video on it? It was a cover song of Shaft’s Theme by Isaac Hayes, and the lyrics were about duke nukem instead of Shaft. I swear this was a real thing that I saw with my teenage eyes.


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        April 19, 2021 11:44 PM

        Yup! I remember it fondly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVR5CUe9QoI

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          April 20, 2021 12:17 PM


          Holy crap man. I searched forever for this video and yet here you are, laying it upon my eyes. God damn man. That is some serious shit.

          Wow. I haven’t heard that in nearly a decade. I thought it was a dream.

          Amazing. Front page this. It is the true anniversary trailer.

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          April 20, 2021 12:23 PM


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